The SEC is chock-full of talented running backs ever year, and Derek Mason has already seen a handful of them in his two seasons at Vanderbilt.
So it’s high praise when the Commodores’ coach calls a player the conference’s best at his position, which is exactly how he described Georgia tailback Nick Chubb to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.
“Had he not gotten hurt (last year) there wasn’t anybody he wasn’t running through or making miss,” Mason said. “Nick Chubb is the best running back in this conference that I’ve faced.”
For context: Former Bulldogs stud Todd Gurley ran for 163 yards, two touchdowns and completed a 50-yard pass against Mason’s defense in 2014. Tennessee’s Jalen Hurd romped for 120 yards on 19 carries last year, and his backfield mate Alvin Kamara tacked on 99. Stanley ‘Boom’ Williams rushed for 115, and Jaylen Walton gained 133.
Granted, Mason and Vanderbilt haven’t faced the likes of Leonard Fournette, Derrick Henry or even Alex Collins, so the sample size here is pretty limited.
But calling Chubb better than the NFL’s reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year says a lot about No. 27, and Georgia’s tradition of fielding freakish running backs